112 Mercer Street
The house in which Einstein lived from 1935 until his death in 1955 was at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey. Some two miles from the Institute for Advanced Study, to which Einstein was appointed in 1932, it is now occupied by a physicist at the Institute and his family. It is a simple, cottagelike home. There is no plaque at the front indicating that Einstein ever lived there.
If the Nazis had not come to power in Germany, it is very unlikely that Einstein would have left that country and come to Princeton. He was genuinely contented in Berlin. He had a superb job, surrounded by brilliant and appreciative colleagues and students. He even gave a seminar in his beloved statistical mechanics. A few of the people who took it are still alive and remember it as one of the great intellectual experiences of their lives. In the summer of 1929 Einstein bought a small plot of land in the village of Caputh, near Berlin. On it, he built a summer house for his family. It was close to the Havel River. On his 50th birthday his friends presented him with a sailboat and he spent a great deal of his time sailing on the river by himself. It was an ideal place to think.
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Publication information: Book title: Albert Einstein and the Frontiers of Physics. Contributors: Jeremy Bernstein - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 145.
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